The scripts for the family dinner were generated by the performers. From the ‘blueprint’ video (a shared dinner in August 2013) each performer created a subjectively accurate ‘action script’ derived from the actions of another performer. This script was then passed to yet another performer to learn and execute.

Below are two of the scripts:

“Justine” – written by Aryo

Weight on left side of body (for 90% of the time), right hand on left thigh. Chew, listen. Gesture a veil on the face with right hand. Surprised look. Casually pop up a flowers with right hand. Listen, pay attention. A quick look at the plate in front of you. Listen. Pouch bottom lip quickly and laugh. Laugh more, fold body above the table; rest forehead on heels of hands and rest right elbow on table. Rest nose on right hand, left arm on lap. Open right hand away from face and bring it back under nose again. Under chin. Run both hands through hair (left hand higher). Rest right arm on table, left arm bent on left side of neck. Play with hair – slightly. Open -just- hands and rock them left to right eleven times – decreasing in tempo. Go back to right arm on table, left hand on neck. Show a little boy with left hand. Show a medium sized ball with both hands. Small direct continuous movements of both – just – hands: six of them. Open palms and “stop”, look to your right. Show the same ball again. Hold left hand and stretch right arm diagonally forward. Right arm on table, rest head on left hand’s index finger. Listen. Listen. Open left palm and stretch left arm away toward left. Meet both hands above your lap, and flick them away from each other. Listen (weight on left, right hand on left lap). Listen. Laugh. Go for the plate, elegantly pick a leaf and bite in half – elegantly. Put the other half back in plate, lick both of the fingers. Listen (weight on left…). Laugh, clap hands. Cover your face. Cover your nose. Drop your hands.

“Josh” written by Tiffany

filling the back of the chair, lean further looking behind Ail’s head to at Dave

lift right arm in a cast, hand relaxed, triple cookie dunk tilt

drop right hand back in lap and listen to dave for a sec

eyes glance down

lifting both hands above table left hand draws upside-down U poring small cup into open hand, eyes glance down just before two mouth stuffing hands fall to lap

tongue digs out of lower left molar while looking to Billy, tiny shoulder chuckle

left palm up frying pan shakes to lunch money hand at Billy

hand drops to lap

inhale sifting hoagie hands above table

right hand dunks while head does almost invisible little “no”s at Billy

slightly tensing shoulders and eyebrows upwards as the hoagie drops into mouth with left then right hand

big mouth to stomach swallow, hands fall to lap, now chest breathing more deeply from it all

in-socket eyes slip left and back to Billy

eyes slip right, head meets eyes, tongue digs our of lower left molar

quick head turn to Billy for a tiny shoulder chuckle

look down amused to try Billy’s double hand sewing snakes and look up to James, sewing a little longer before dropping hands to lap.

look at Jac, mini shoulder chuckle, look at James, mini shoulder chuckle, look at Jac, tongue goes to lower left molar and thinks about digging

eyes dip drift to Billy then back to Jac while mouth breaths in and hip bones shift slightly

look to Jac, inhale then exhale a nodding yes while dragging front teeth over bottom lip and eyes drop towing head low centre for a sharp left eyebrow stab up

eyes draw a quick n tiny rectangle

jaw shifts left then right pull shirt hem and let go

purse mouth corners looking down and into head thought small assuring nod yes to lift eyes to billy pursing mouth corners

drive gaze to Jac with a heavy forehead

teeth scrape bottom lip right bottom lip left

tongue digs out of lower left molar

tongue searches teeth yes nod twice looking down then back at Jac for more in mouth tongue searching

sharp head laugh retract back an inch


8 DAYS is an intensive encounter open to all Canadian choreographers. The gathering values curiosity, creative risk- taking and reflection with a fluidity around theory and practice in order to deepen choreographic work.

Selected by open call, six Canadian choreographers working in Canada or abroad will be invited to join past participants of the two previous 8 DAYS encounters. The selection committee is comprised of three past participants and a guest. Up to 20 artists will embark on a co-authored adventure influenced by its surroundings, created by those present, and guided by their overlapping and divergent experience. Participants are asked to arrive with an openness about what this encounter might be, a willingness to expose and share, and a rigour around intellectual and artistic exchange.

The ongoing 8 DAYS project addresses a need for peer-to-peer choreographic development in Canada, insisting that this mode is crucial to the continued relevance of the art form. Instigated in 2012 by Ame Henderson and Tedd Robinson, the subsequent encounters stem from the 8 DAYS and 8 DAYS II participants’ desire to continue this artistic exchange. How dance artists work is intimately related to what they create. Theory and practice, talking and making, doing and reflecting, and the systems we do and don’t rely on are understood as interwoven threads of creative development. 8 DAYS is an opportunity to collide practices to provoke, invigorate and inspire each other. 8 DAYS escapes the pressures of production-driven work to create space to reflect on one’s current practice and to envision – through dialogue and experimentation – new artistic possibilities.

Each participant is responsible for facilitating or planning a portion of the shared time. Days are primarily structured around group meals and also include sharing and exploring work and methods, reading, open discussion, as well as time for leisure and personal reflection.

It is imperative that 8 DAYS engages with the community at large. To this end, each participant will be asked to respond to the concept of documentation in order to share the experience. Participants propose and create responses specific to 8 DAYS during or immediately following the gathering. This co-authored documentation is then disseminated via a framework determined by the contributors in order to share the process and its outcomes. Logistical Details 8 DAYS will be held at Artscape Gibraltar Point on Toronto Island. Housed in a former school, Artscape Gibraltar Point, offers 35,000 square feet of multi-use space. Artists will enjoy private accommodations, bright and spacious studios, a shared kitchen and lounge, free wi-fi, and bike rentals. This idyllic beachfront property has the feeling of a remote cottage getaway but is a short fifteen-minute ferry ride from downtown Toronto. The participating artists will arrive on Monday, June 16th, and depart Tuesday, June 24th, 2014. Public Recordings has applied for funding to cover travel costs and meals. Funding results should be known by the end of March 2014. Participants are encouraged to seek further funding to support their participation.

DEADLINE: Jan 15, 2014 Please submit a letter of interest and recent biography in addition to any work samples that are relevant to contextualize your application. Previous applicants are encouraged to reapply. Detail your current choreographic concerns, address how this encounter might enrich your practice and position yourself in regard to the documentation process. Please keep your responses brief and select any support material carefully with the aim of addressing this specific opportunity.

Applications can be submitted in English or French. Please note: the working language will be primarily English. All materials must be submitted electronically. Support materials must be included as an attachment or available online. Make sure to include all necessary links and access information. Please note, applications sent by mail cannot be processed. For more information and to apply: eightdays (at) publicrecordings (dot) org

Project History 8 DAYS was held at la B.A.R.N. on Lac Leslie in the Pontiac Region of Quebec, from June 16 – 24, 2012. It was hosted and supported by 10 Gates Dancing Inc. and Public Recordings.

Selection committee: Sara Coffin, Ame Henderson, Tedd Robinson, Stephen Thompson Participants: Justine A. Chambers, Claudia Fancello, Marie Claire Forté, Ame Henderson, Benjamin Kamino, Davida Monk, Tedd Robinson, Stephen Thompson, Michael Trent

8 DAYS II was held at ten fifteen maple and The Dance Centre from August 10-18, 2013. It was hosted by Justine A. Chambers and Public Recordings, and received support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Public Recordings, The Dance Centre and ten fifteen maple.

Selection committee: Martin Bélanger, Justine A. Chambers, Benjamin Kamino, Davida Monk Participants: Naomi Brand, Justine A. Chambers, Karine Denault, Claudia Fancello, Marie Claire Forté, Caroline Gravel, Ame Henderson, Christopher House, Davida Monk, Andrew Tay, Stephen Thompson, Michael Trent, Laurie Young


8 DAYS est une rencontre intensive ouverte à tous les chorégraphes canadiens. Le rassemblement valorise la curiosité, la prise de risque créative et la réflexion, ainsi qu’une fluidité entre théorie et pratique pour approfondir le travail chorégraphique.

À la suite d’un appel à participants, six artistes canadiens œuvrant ici ou à l’étranger seront invités à se joindre aux participants des deux éditions précédentes de 8 DAYS. Le comité de sélection est composé de trois anciens participants et d’un invité. Jusqu’à 20 artistes se réuniront pour une aventure cocréée à l’écoute du contexte, mise en œuvre par ceux présents et guidée par leurs expériences imbriquées et divergentes. Les participants sont appelés à faire preuve d’ouverture par rapport à la forme et à la nature de l’événement, de volonté de partage et de rigueur dans les échanges intellectuels et artistiques.

Le projet itératif 8 DAYS cible le besoin d’un perfectionnement chorégraphique d’égal à égal au Canada et soutient que la pertinence de la forme d’art en dépend. Ame Henderson et Tedd Robinson mettent le projet sur pied en 2012. Les rencontres subséquentes résultent du désir des participants à poursuivre le travail ensemble. Les codes de la démarche agissent intimement sur l’œuvre. Théorie et pratique, articulation et création, action et réflexion, et les systèmes desquels l’on dépend ou non s’entrecroisent autour du développement créatif. 8 DAYS est une occasion de faire dialoguer les approches pour se provoquer, se revigorer et s’inspirer entre créateurs. 8 DAYS offre une occasion de se soustraire aux impératifs de production afin de se pencher sur sa pratique et d’imaginer – par l’entremise du dialogue et de l’expérimentation – de nouvelles possibilités artistiques.

Chaque participant est responsable de guider ou de planifier une partie du temps commun. Les journées sont principalement structurées autour des repas communs, et peuvent comprendre des périodes de partage et d’échange de méthodes, de présentation formelle, de lecture, de discussion libre, ainsi que des temps de repos et de réflexion personnelle.

Il est impératif que 8 DAYS se mette en rapport avec la communauté élargie. À cette fin, chaque participant doit répondre à l’idée de la documentation et à la nécessité de partager leur expérience. Les participants proposent et créent des réponses particulières à la rencontre pendant ou après sa conclusion. La documentation cosignée sera ensuite diffusée sur une plateforme choisie par les artistes afin de partager le processus et ses résultantes.

8 DAYS III se tiendra à Artscape Gibraltar Point à Toronto Island. L’ancienne école offre 35 000 pieds carrés d’espace à usage multiple. Les artistes profitent d’hébergement privé, de grands studios clairs, d’une cuisine partagée, d’une salle de détente, d’un réseau wi-fi gratuit et d’un service de location de vélo. Le terrain idyllique au bord de l’eau donne l’impression d’une escapade dans un chalet, mais est à quinze minutes en traversier du centre- ville de Toronto.
Les artistes arriveront le lundi 16 juin et partiront le mardi 24 juin 2014. Public Recordings a déposé une demande de subvention pour payer le déplacement, l’hébergement et les repas. Les résultats de la demande devraient être connus à la fin mars 2014. Nous encourageons les participants à faire d’autres demandes de financement pour soutenir leur participation.
DATE LIMITE : 15 janvier 2014 Veuillez envoyer une lettre d’intérêt et une biographie récente ainsi que des extraits de votre travail pour contextualiser votre dossier. Dans la lettre, détaillez vos préoccupations chorégraphiques actuelles et précisez en quoi l’événement pourrait enrichir votre pratique. Soyez concis et ciblez vos documents d’appui dans l’optique précise de ce projet.

Nous acceptons les demandes en anglais et en français. Veuillez noter que la langue de travail sera surtout l’anglais.

Veuillez soumettre le dossier par voie électronique. Les documents d’appuis doivent être en pièces jointes ou disponibles en ligne. Le cas échéant, assurez-vous d’inclure les liens et les accès nécessaires pour les visionner. Veuillez noter que nous ne traiterons pas les demandes envoyées par la poste.

Pour plus d’information ou pour soumettre un dossier : eightdays (at) publicrecordings (dot) org
Historique du projet 8 DAYS s’est déroulé à la B.A.R.N. à Lac Leslie dans la région du Pontiac au Québec du 16 au 24 juin 2012. 10 Gates Dancing Inc. et Public Recordings étaient hôtes et partenaires de la rencontre.
Comité de sélection : Sara Coffin, Ame Henderson, Tedd Robinson, Stephen Thompson Participants : Justine A. Chambers, Claudia Fancello, Marie Claire Forté, Ame Henderson, Benjamin Kamino, Davida Monk, Tedd Robinson, Stephen Thompson, Michael Trent

8 DAYS II s’est déroulé à ten fifteen maple et au Dance Centre à Vancouver du 10 au 18 août 2013. Justine A. Chambers et Public Recordings étaient hôtes de la rencontre, et les partenaires étaient le Conseil des Arts du Canada, Public Recordings, ten fifteen maple et le Dance Centre.
Comité de sélection : Martin Bélanger, Justine A. Chambers, Benjamin Kamino, Davida Monk Participants : Naomi Brand, Justine A. Chambers, Karine Denault, Claudia Fancello, Marie Claire Forté, Caroline Gravel, Ame Henderson, Christopher House, Davida Monk, Andrew Tay, Stephen Thompson, Michael Trent, Laurie Young


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